Hello fellow DIY Drones members, I'm excited to announce our Fighting Walrus Radio project on indiegogo.  We are crowdfunding a hardware accessory that allows you to use your iOS device as a ground station.

 

Key Features
  • Communicates with MAVLink devices
  • Compatible with 3D Robotics telemetry radios (433 and 915 MHz)
  • Open-source software
  • Rugged Metal Design
  • Compatible with iPads and iPhones

Check out our indiegogo page here: 

 

Engadget Expand
Chris Anderson is speaking tomorrow at Expand on "Robopocalypse: Now" from 11:15am-12:30pm
We will be doing a flying demo outside of the Expand pavilion at 12:30pm (At Fort Mason in San Francisco)
We also have a booth in the "Indie Corner" if you want to come check us out.

 

For DIYDrones, By DIYDrones
Since we got into the Made-For-iPod program we've been kicking around the idea of making a drone-compatible device.  When Claudio Natoli posted his proof-of-concept iOS app, the project moved into high gear.

 

Check out Claudio's original post here:

 

With the jump start on the software we were able to focus on hardware and mechanical design, allowing us to go from concept to Crowdfunding prototype in two and a half months.

 

Open Source Software
In the spirit of the DIYDrones community, we are making the iOS software open-source.  You can find the source code for the app here http://github.com/cnatoli/iGCS  Feel free to send us a pull request!

 

Other upcoming events we will be attending:
March 23-24th -- Innov8tive Designs First Annual Multirotor Challenge

 

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Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on March 17, 2013 at 4:47am

I don't have any Apple products, so this is not for me, but just wanted to say I like the hardware design.  It appears that you've designed it to help stabilize the plug connection and prevent damage to the socket and plug?  Great idea.

That's one of the pet peeves of using an OTG dongle in my tablet, you're walking around with this really flimsy thing sticking out.  Just waiting to get torqued off somehow.

Comment by Fernando Costa Pinto on March 17, 2013 at 6:42am

Hi Bryan,

Congratulations..great idea, but what about Android platform? isn't it there  a larger nº of users ?

Comment by joebar.rc on March 17, 2013 at 9:52am
Great idea, but $50 shipping?, sorry but that is ridiculous. I often participate on indiegogo and never have I seen this amount of shipping for such a small device.
Comment by Andy Brown on March 17, 2013 at 10:02am

Excellent Bryan! I'll be at the NSMeetup hack-o-thon on the 30th and I've forked and am reviewing the iGCS project!

Comment by Ken on March 17, 2013 at 1:12pm

An Android version would have been less painful to build...sounds like a good chunk of their work is for Apple approval of their dongle :-)

Comment by Robert Palmer on March 17, 2013 at 3:07pm

Good luck with your project/product.

To me, this is just another reason to use Android gear so you can use Andropilot... 

http://www.diydrones.com/forum/topics/andropilot-alpha-tester-discu...

It's handy to be able to take a spare batter for your Android phone for those long days flying...  You have to feel a bit sorry of those stuck with apple products and batteries that can't be removed, killing flexibility and setting a short life expectancy on the device as battery life decreases over time...

Comment by Claudio Natoli on March 17, 2013 at 7:31pm

As one of the DIY Drones members involved in this project, I'd like to comment briefly on the Android vs Apple thing.

Yes, putting something together as an Android hacker/maker is clearly an easier path. And that's kind of the point - there's a good portion of this community who own iDevices, and would like to have the connectivity and drone control options more readily available to those in the Android world. This project is for them.

And if you're one of those members, we'd love to hear your thoughts and get you involved!

From my perspective, the interesting story here is how another group of disparate individuals across the planet have been able to connect, thanks entirely to this DIY Drones community platform, and pooled their skills to create something that (hopefully!) fills a need for a portion (but clearly not all! :-) of the other members of the DIY Drones community.

Comment by Joshua Ott on March 17, 2013 at 7:41pm

Claudio,

Big +1, love your sentiment. I'll be budgeting $99 into my robot fund for this.

Comment by Bryan Galusha on March 17, 2013 at 9:07pm

The International shipping at $50 was a mistake, pulling a backed perk level isn't possible so we added a new reward level at the same $99 with $18 for international shipping.  The reward level is called: "Non-US Fighting Walrus Radio".  We have refunded all our international backers who paid the $50 the difference.

Thanks for the feedback and keep it coming, we will try to be as responsive as possible.


3D Robotics
Comment by Chris Anderson on March 17, 2013 at 9:14pm

I've backed it. Great job today at Engadget Expand, guys!

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